Gaynor French wants to die wearing her Christmas socks and trainers, with Depeche Mode playing on the sound system and her husband and children by her side. Diagnosed with terminal cancer in her 40s, she believes her final wishes, however quirky, should be honoured. But the chances of that deathbed are slim. “I know the kind of death I am going to have and I have two options. The first is I bear the pain, so I can be lucid to the end. “Or, I can take the pain relief and become the opposite of lucid, whatever that is. Confused? Not knowing who I am? I don’t know and that frightens me more than the prospect of pain.” To die the way she wants would require a change in the law, maybe even a referendum, to allow for voluntary assisted dying (VAD) — the choice to take a prescribed, life-ending medication in the final months of an incurable illness. Gaynor is under no illusions. “We are nowhere near ready for a referendum,” she says. … [Read more...] about Mum of three wants right to die: ‘I want to die with dignity’
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PUBLISHED: 12:00 22 April 2018 Raphael Park in Romford Archant Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week. Let’s vote to keep Havering special Cllr Damian White, deputy leader, London Borough of Havering, writes: Havering is special. It is a unique place with so many wonderful community facilities. It enjoys a sense of openness and space; a characteristic lost many years ago by most inner London boroughs. We now have award-winning parks and open spaces – some of the best in London – providing vital open space for us to relax and enjoy in. Since 2002, the Conservatives have invested heavily within our natural environment, creating a lasting legacy for future generations. However, this is now being put at risk by the Labour Mayor Khan’s plan to concrete over Havering, depriving us of what makes Havering so special. The Labour Party, under Mayor Khan, are proposing to increase our housing targets by over 60per cent which, if … [Read more...] about Recorder letters: election news, special Havering, death registration difficulties, Queen’s Theatre show and diabetes.
THIS year has seen the world say goodbye to some of its most famous stars from the world of sports, entertainment and television. Here we take an opportunity to honour the much-loved figures who are no longer with us... Which celebrities have died in 2018? Verne Troyer On April 21, Verne passed away. The star's family confirmed the news with a statement on his Instagram page. "It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today. "Verne was an extremely caring individual. He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh. Anybody in need, he would help to any extent possible. "Verne hoped he made a positive change with the platform he had and worked towards spreading that message every day. Avicii Avicii died at the age of 28 in Muscat, Oman. The Wake Me Up star's passing was confirmed by his rep on April 20, 2018. In a statement, his rep said: "It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii. "He was … [Read more...] about Celebrity deaths 2018 – which famous faces have died this year? From Avicii and Verne Troyer to Dale Winton
IF EVER you needed reminding that cancer can strike at any time, it's this. Amy was only 32, not your typical candidate for bowel cancer but yesterday this world lost one of its brightest souls to this b*stard disease. I was drinking cocktails with Amy seven weeks ago, my fellow stage four bowel cancer buddy. We had just been to a charity launch at the Houses of Parliament, alongside some other bowel babes. The day before, she had been told her third line of chemo had failed, and that there were no other options available on the NHS. At best she was given a few months to live. Me and the other girls felt heartbroken, so sad at the stark letter stating her life expectancy, almost as though a death warrant had been signed. I gulped down my cocktail and then some. "But, I feel so well," she told us. And she looked so well, her signature bright make up and cat tights beaming. She talked about her last chance, a procedure called SIRT (selective internal radiation therapy) - but it came with … [Read more...] about Amy, I promise not to rest until everyone knows the signs of bowel cancer and accepts you’re NEVER too young for this b*stard disease
Today marks a significant date in the history of Worthing hospice St Barnabas House – it is exactly 50 years since the appeal to support the building of the original hospice was launched. The St Barnabas Appeal for £100,000 to build a new facility to accommodate around 30 patients with life-limiting illnesses was officially launched at a public meeting at Worthing Assembly Hall on Friday, March 29, 1968.Originally named the St Barnabas Home, the hospice was based in Columbia Drive in Durrington.It was inspired by Dr Francis Gusterson, a consultant anaesthetist at Worthing and Southlands Hospitals, who chaired the appeal.The launch of the appeal was attended by Dame Cicely Saunders, widely recognised as being the founder of the hospice movement, who spoke about the opening of St Christopher’s Hospice in Sydenham four months previously.She told an audience of 250 people: “The work among people in advanced stages of illness is not sad depressing work – it is … [Read more...] about PICTURES: Hospice marks 50 years since launch of original appeal